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Rail project enters final design phase after FTA approval

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:47 p.m. HST, Dec 29, 2011

The Federal Transit Administration has accepted Honolulu's rail project into the "final design" phase, the last step before the city can be approved for federal funding. 

Mayor Peter Carlisle made the announcement late this afternoon, saying that FTA Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers sent a letter to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. 

"Entering into final design also allows us to begin the process of working toward our full-funding grant agreement with FTA, which solidifies the $1.55 billion in federal funds we expect to receive," Carlisle said in a statement. 

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Changalang wrote:
Inevitable. Move along, nothing to see here. Thank you Mr. Mayor for doing your best to keep costs to Oahu taxpayers spread amongst the National tax base.
on December 29,2011 | 04:55PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Is that you Peter?
on December 29,2011 | 05:33PM
Changalang wrote:
No, it is just another bad dream; Panos. Go back to sleep and pretend your opinion matters. Everything is going to be all right, dear. (spoken in motherly voice with heavy greek accent)
on December 29,2011 | 05:46PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Wrong again Changalang. Go polish your steel wheel!
on December 29,2011 | 07:22PM
Changalang wrote:
Sure Panos, you bring the Greece.
on December 29,2011 | 07:57PM
Wazdat wrote:
No I think he is the former BUILD RAIL NOW....must be benefiting from the rail...$$$$$$$$
on December 29,2011 | 07:26PM
Changalang wrote:
And you are consistently wrong on all your opinions, theories, and political leanings. I'll give you a big "A" to go with your 'whole' flawed existence. O {--- Q: Wazdat? A: Wazdat.
on December 29,2011 | 08:09PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
.....begin the process of working toward our full-funding grant agreement with FTA, which solidifies the $1.55 billion in federal funds we expect to receive," ....
Wow. What a bunch of weasel words! Process of working toward solidifying blah blah blah....haven't you guys been nailing down that money from day one? What's with the working toward baloney? So let me just ask straight:...Mayor and the HART guys....we gonna get the full $1.55 billion? If not, are you prepared to cancel the project or defer it until we get the full $1.55 billion? Simple yes or no can answer these questions.
on December 29,2011 | 05:08PM
jusjoking wrote:
the mayor has already vowed to continue the rail project with or without federal funding.
on December 29,2011 | 07:12PM
Kalli wrote:
God help us all
on December 29,2011 | 05:11PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
A permanent disfigurement to the place where we live.
on December 29,2011 | 05:32PM
matsuyama wrote:
Our city leaders are a joke. The true cost to ride this thing will probably be around $30 per ride, but the city will only charge $4 and pass the rest of the cost to the sucker taxpayers of Honolulu and Oahu.
on December 29,2011 | 05:46PM
aomohoa wrote:
The middle class is tired of paying the taxes while the lazy losers get all the benefits.
on December 29,2011 | 05:52PM
Wazdat wrote:
JOKE is an understatement more like INCOMPETENT
on December 29,2011 | 07:27PM
Changalang wrote:
"according to City Councilman Ikaika Anderson after he met with the Federal Transportation Administration and members of Hawaii's congressional delegation last week in Washington, D.C. Anderson told KHON-TV that federal officials affirmed the city and the FTA are scheduled to sign a full-funding grant agreement. The city's financial plan calls for it to request the money by February and sign a deal the following October. . .The city broke ground on the rail line in February, but construction can't begin until a final design is approved, likely later this year." (Star Advertiser, 2011) AND being accepted into final design phase by the FTA means that construction will begin ASAP.
on December 29,2011 | 05:56PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Is that you again Peter? Go polish your steel wheel!
on December 29,2011 | 07:21PM
Changalang wrote:
Panos; go polish that rock you call a head. Maybe you can sell it at the swap meet and donate the proceeds to the Hawaii GOP. They need every cent. Penny for your thoughts? On second thought, I'll keep the change and watch your hope evaporate. LOL.
on December 29,2011 | 08:03PM
Wazdat wrote:
Time to MOVE off da rock...ALOHA
on December 29,2011 | 07:26PM
Eagle156 wrote:
Mr. Rogers is trashing twenty miles of Oahu neighborhoods
on December 29,2011 | 07:54PM
polekasta wrote:
Here's something the HSA left out of this story. According to other sources, the FTA has rated the Honolulu project as "medium-high" and said the city has work to do before the FTA will agree to provide the federal funding via a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA).... ALSO......"Regarding the Financial Capacity Assessment, FTA notes that the financial plan HART submitted is sufficient to advance the project into final design," the letter states. "However, it must be further strengthened before FTA will consider awarding an FFGA."......Specifically, the FTA said the plan calls for extending the General Excise Tax surcharge if it needs more funds for rail construction, but that HART would need the state and/or city governments to take additional actions to allow such a move.......... "Prior to the Project's consideration for an FFGA, HART should demonstrate the availability of additional revenue sources that could be tapped should unexpected events such as cost increases of funding shortfalls occur," the letter states......... FTA also asked for further justification for HART assumptions about bus and HandiVan operating costs; the impact to the city's budget to operate the rail; and the diversion of federal bus money to the rail project...............Seems like there was alot of stuff left out of the HSA article.
on December 29,2011 | 10:32PM
droid wrote:
That was deliberate. *sigh* Welcome to your one-paper town.
on December 29,2011 | 10:48PM
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